Canoodling with the California Collection: Acanthus Veronica

I find myself missing the days of receiving a new wrap and going through the ritual of taking it out of its packaging, noting the feel in hand, doing a quick wrap job (the horror!) and then tossing it in the washing machine, ironing it just so (yes—I love ironing) and then putting it through its paces. 

But as I sit here with the samples from our California collection, I feel the old pull of my routine calling to me. So here we go: Notes from an Aged Wrapper. 

Design Name: Acanthus

Colorway: Veronica

Fiber: 100% Extra Long Staple Egyptian cotton

Weight: 320 G/M^2. This wrap is densely woven and thick with Bethanne Knudson's (of the Oriole Mill) unique contour binding. There is a cushiness on the shoulders that feels quite lovely; wrapping my five year old and carrying him for any length of time is a workout, but Acanthus Veronica made my shoulders and lower back incredibly happy! 

Similar hand feel brand new: Sparkleberry, Trillium, Parterre. 

Similar hand feel after wash: Mostly Sparkleberry to me. 

Fiber Memory: Excellent stretch along the bias, lending to a definite feel of modabililty when pulling a chest pass tight. 

Drape: Medium. This is a thicker wrap. I suspect the more it breaks in, the softer it will become. Acanthus Veronica is not a hard wrap to break in, but it requires a bit of patience. 

Touch: Acanthus Veronica is smooth on the warp dominant side and is more textured on the fill side, offering different wrapping experiences. 

Now to try and convince my five year old to go up again! 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Berkeley this weekend :)

 

Philadelphia

Please join us for a Pavo Textiles trunk show at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia on May 20th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Headed in from out of town and can’t afford the Ritz? That’s ok. Neither can we! We have linked some less expensive options below that are within walking distance to the Ritz Carlton. 

You can also check out Air B&B. That’s what we will be doing most likely :) 

Rodeway Inn

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

VIP and General Admission tickets are currently available on our website. The VIP ticket wrap for Philadelphia will be Filigree Cobalt and we will be continuing to offer Pavotees the opportunity to build their own swag bag; both VIP and General Admission guests are welcome to add a hoodie, t-shirt, additional Filigree Cobalt or water bottle to their swag bag. 

There will be the usual hors d’oeuvres, mingling and catching up, not to mention a carefully curated collection of wraps for Philadelphia.  We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs, but please send us an email at contact@pavotextiles.com if you have a specific request or question with which we can help you. 

Remember—if you are buying a VIP or General Admission ticket for a friend, please put your friend’s name down as the attendee. Tickets are not transferable. If you need to cancel your order, just let us know by April 20th to avoid a 10% cancelation fee. 

If you have any questions at all, just let us know. We would be happy to help in any way we can. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia <3

Love Birds Lavender

There are birds which migrate and then, there are birds which do not migrate. Of course, this makes perfect sense, but in the world that I had created in my mind, and which is quite often wrong, all birds migrate. This just seems how Nature should work. 

You can imagine my surprise last winter, as I jogged along the causeway in Essex, to spy a flock of random geese foraging in the long dead and brittle grasses of the salt marsh. That winter had been unusually warm, so I suppose the geese had yet to feel any compulsion to leave, but it struck me as peculiar. Everything else in the marsh had prepared for winter: the grasses had died, the mosquitos and green heads had long since vanished, the fragrant sea roses of the summer had pulled down into the ground preparing for the winter cold and yet, there were these geese murmuring softly through the waters, completely oblivious to the fact that it was winter. I had one of those rare moments of quiet. No children knocking on the bathroom door, no little voices asking why I was taking so long, nobody declaring they hated the dinner I had made and could they have yogurt instead, not that I have anything against yogurt, but I am baffled as to how a 5 year old manages to thrive on yogurt, toast and oatmeal.  Nobody tugging at the sleeve of my shirt. No spilled milk to mop up. Just perfect stillness. 

I later asked Erin about the geese and she casually mentioned that they were Canada geese and that they had migrated to the marsh at some point and well, just decided to make their home there. I asked if they ever migrated and she thought about it for a bit and then told me that they had just appeared one day and then never left. 

I realize that Canada Geese are typically considered a pest; they can be loud, aggressive and territorial. The Canada Geese near my home in California will attack you if they smell even the slightest hint of food on you, but I have a soft spot in my heart for birds, particularly those birds who are considered lowly and mundane (I’m looking at you, pigeons. Seriously. Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird is a must read). To be fair, the geese don’t pose as much as a problem in Essex. They stick to the marsh and leave the humans alone and the humans leave them to their own devices. I know that not everyone cares for Canada Geese and rightly so, but I admired their quiet determination in the salt marsh. 

It was that very winter that Erin and I decided to re-imagine our Love Birds in a warm, cuddly alpaca. I would like to say that the idea was entirely our own, but we really must give some credit to those geese. Not everyone loves Love Birds, but they are special to us and in many ways are our namesake wrap. It is the one wrap that truly combines the best of Oriole and Pavo and because of that, Love Birds is dear to us. Love Birds Lavender is woven with our signature ivory, extra long staple Egyptian cotton warp with a rich, lavender alpaca fill. The lavender isn't just any old, boring lavender: it's a beautiful blending of magenta, sky blue and warm lavender alpaca threads. It gives our Love Birds Lavender a unique richness and luster  Our alpaca is exceptionally fine, soft, cuddly, and has a natural sheen to it. It is quite warm, yet lightweight and its hypoallergenic properties make it a good choice for those who have wool allergies. 

Care:

Alpaca has a reputation as being a more time intensive fiber in regards to care. I suppose that’s true to a certain extent and care can look daunting at first, but all our alpaca needs is a a gentle swish in the bathtub or sink with a bit of your favorite woolie wash. Rinse until there are no more bubbles and gently roll up your alpaca to remove excess water. After doing this, I prefer to lay out a large beach towel and lay my wet wrap on that and roll up the towel with the wrap inside to soak up as much water as possible. I then hang to air dry, making sure the wrap is supported throughout its length. You will find that after a bath, our alpaca fluffs up and becomes quite soft. 

Fiber

66% Egyptian Cotton 

34% Fine Alpaca

Wrapping Qualities

Love Birds Lavender has a gorgeous, thick fluid drape in hand. It provides a soft cushiness on the shoulders while providing solid support for those wrapping toddlers. Although Love Birds Lavender is an alpaca blend, it still provides good stretch and rebound, much like our cotton Love Birds. It will most certainly keep you and your little one warm while trekking out on snow days or in gloomy winter weather.

Release

Monday, December 12th at 17:00 EST 

Have a Golden Ticket you would like to use? Fill out the Golden Ticket Request Form here. 

Pricing

Size 2: 400 

Size 3: 420

Size 4: 440

Size 5: 460

Size 6: 480

Size 7: 520

Size 8: 550

Size 9: 570

My thanks to Tracy and Brianna who offered us their insight into Love Birds Lavender and to Dana and Natasha who offered editorial input. You ladies are the best!  

I know a lot of people don't care for the birds. We've been told their eyes are creepy. Their feet too sharp. Their beaks poised to bite someone's finger off. I still love them. Lets be real. Birds can be assholes sometimes. Ever tried eating food at the beach? I rest my case. But a considerable amount of time was spent reconfiguring the eye, the beak and the feet. I feel we have a softer, more contemplative Love Bird, which seems fitting for this time of year. &nbsp;I know we might not always acknowledge it when you make suggestions, but we really do listen to you!&nbsp;

I know a lot of people don't care for the birds. We've been told their eyes are creepy. Their feet too sharp. Their beaks poised to bite someone's finger off. I still love them. Lets be real. Birds can be assholes sometimes. Ever tried eating food at the beach? I rest my case. But a considerable amount of time was spent reconfiguring the eye, the beak and the feet. I feel we have a softer, more contemplative Love Bird, which seems fitting for this time of year.  I know we might not always acknowledge it when you make suggestions, but we really do listen to you! 

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Just look at that gorgeous melange of magenta, sky blue and lavender alpaca threads!

                  Just look at that gorgeous melange of magenta, sky blue and lavender alpaca threads!

Lucinda Pumpkin Spice

It is with the utmost irony and delight we offer Lucinda Pumpkin Spice our Pavotees. Those who are interested in purchasing can email us at contact@pavotextiles.com. Please state your first two choices in size, your mailing address and your Paypal address for invoicing. Quantities and sizes are limited.

While we adore summer and we will very much miss the long days and warm evenings, there are many things we love about Autumn: the turn of color on the leaves, the crisp mornings and cool nights, rich red apples ready for the picking, sunflowers blazing in bloom to catch the rays of the sunlight that disappears earlier and earlier every day. And of course, everything pumpkin (and hubbard squash because I love hubbard squash, but hubbard squash latte doesn't have quite the same ring to it).

Pumpkin Spice was born out of the creative musings on the seasonal mystique and basic public obsession with the Pumpkin Spice Latte. A beautiful autumn color palette of reds, yellows and rich earth browns, Lucinda Pumpkin Spice is a glorious fallen leaf orange dobby; it is the perfect complement to the latte you hate to love so much. 

 

Subscription Box Spring 2016

We hit upon the the final wraps for the Spring 2016 ‘Script Box while out on a run. It was November and sunrise was early enough that we could still hit the asphalt and enjoy a run before we headed into 166. It was on our way back that we finally reached consensus the perfect wraps for the box. I remember it so well because we had just passed the Peace Barn after our longest run to date (ten miles!). I was tired and had a leg cramp. Erinea was advocating hard for Phases of the Moon, going on an on about our cycles and the tides, and I just wanted to take a shower and head into work. I realized I was being ridiculous about Phases of the Moon. Why not do it? Why not take the risk? Why was I fighting so hard against it?  And we both said Sparkleberry at the exact same time. Magic, I tell you! 

We had planned to release the first wrap for the Spring Subscription box in the first week of January 2016 and had planned to call it the Winter 2016. Obviously, that didn’t happen because we could not decide which wraps would be part of the subscription box. We went back and forth over this for weeks with no resolution. 

Erinea wanted to have Phases of the Moon (alpaca/silk blend) in the box, but I was reluctant to make it part of the subscription service. I wanted an alpaca Love Birds, but Erinea nixed that idea as we had not done any sampling and had no idea how the alpaca would perform in Love Birds. 

Did we want to do an all wool or alpaca subscription box? Would it be too cost prohibitive? What about those wrappers who did not do well with wool or did not care for wool? Should we run concurrent subscription boxes? One that was all wool and another that was cotton?  We do cotton so well; we both agreed that the subscription box should have at least one cotton wrap and while we were in agreement about this, we could not agree on a wrap. 

So without further ado, we would like to introduce the Winter 2016 Subscription Box.

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke (67% cotton, 26% Alpaca, 7% Silk)

Miel Indigo (88% Cotton/12% Wool)

Sparkleberry Noir (100% Cotton)

Now on to the more mundane details:

These wraps will be exclusive to the Pavo Guild Subscription and will not listed online independently of the 'Script. 

How do you become a subscriber? 

Pavo Guild Subscription Box will be available on March 2, 2016 at 14:00 EST 

We will have a limited number of subscriptions available. 

Subscriptions will be available in three month commitments and payment will be made in full when committing to the initial  purchase of the three month Pavo Guild Subscription.

Please note that we cannot change shipping addresses and all wraps will ship to the designated shipping address on the order.  We will under no circumstances split the 'script box to multiple addresses.

Subscriptions will be based on size and priced accordingly:

Size 3: $960

Size 4: $1020

Size 5: $1080

Size 6: $1140

Size 7: $1200

Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and do not include relevant state tax, customs fees, and associated shipping and handling costs.

Wraps will ship on or around the following dates:

Miel Indigo: 3 March, 2016 

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke: 4 April, 2016

Sparkleberry Noir: 2 May, 2016





Confetti

Confetti happened to be one of those designs which I completely overlooked in the early planning stages. I saw early samples and loved them and then promptly forgot about it. 

Months later while doing weekly accounting, I noted that weave orders had gone in, duly noted in the books, and then once again, forgot about it. Why? I have no idea. 

Confetti Seaglass and Confetti Peony made their debut at the New York Baby Show in May 2015 and it was love for the soft happy palette and classic polka-dot motif.  The design is playful and cheerful and absolute perfection. The wrapping qualities are unique among Guild; it seems like a lighter version of Parterre, but not quite. 

Confetti found a firm place in my heart later than month when we traveled to Puerto Rico to do an extensive photo shoot. We shot many, many wraps with our fabulous models and amazing photographers, but Confetti Noir really stole the show for me. It was perfect in every way and looked stunning on everyone. Wrapped up in Confetti Noir are all my memories of our trip to Puerto Rico: the planning and organizing that went into each photo shoot every day, everyone sitting down to dinner each night, the laughing and late night conversations in the kitchen eating leftovers, listening to all the little ones waking up early in the morning. This wrap encompasses all those memories and feelings for me. 

Confetti was meant to be a spring and summer wrap: Sea Glass, Peony, Sunshine, and Peridot all evoke images of warm days, blue skies, and ocean breezes and while we loved Confetti Noir, it never quite fit into that vision—it is edgier than summer, moodier. Yet people have asked us repeatedly to weave Confetti Noir and after so many months of the same request, it is hard to come up with a good reason not to weave it. So it is with great excited that we are opening a Pavo Customer Appreciation exclusive for Confetti Noir here. 

Ring Slings and sizes 2-9 will be available. The expected ship date for this exclusive will be in June 2016. We will be closing this exclusive on 16 Feb 2016. 

We hope you love Confetti Noir and that it finds a special place in your stash. 

XOXO,

J$ & Erinea

The Sunshine State

Erin and I are both so excited that our first trunk show of the year will be in Florida! What could be better than the warm sun, sand between our toes and meeting our lovely, Florida Pavotees? We know everyone has questions, so here we go!

When and where will the Florida trunk show be held?

Don CeSar 3400 Gulf Blvd St. Petersburg Beach, Florida 

20 February 2016

2 to 5:00 o'clock

VIP entry will be at 2:00

General Admission will be at 3:00

 

 

Confetti Sunshine State, Pavo Presents Florida VIPavotee wrap &nbsp;

Confetti Sunshine State, Pavo Presents Florida VIPavotee wrap 

Guild offerings, Pavo Presents Florida

Guild offerings, Pavo Presents Florida

When and where will tickets be available? 

Tickets will be listed on January 22 at noon EST from our website.  

Will tickets be transferable? 

No. Please email us to cancel your ticket if you cannot attend the event. 

May I purchase more than one VIP ticket if stalking for myself and a friend?

If you are stalking for a friend, you will need to put your friend's name and email address on the ticket during checkout. 

I need to cancel my ticket at the last minute. What do I do?

Please email us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we may refund your ticket. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with I.D. for entry?

It's all in the details, Pavo Presents Florida

It's all in the details, Pavo Presents Florida

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. We might have tickets available for purchase at the door, but they are not guaranteed. We will let everyone know ahead of time if tickets will be available at the door.

What time will the event start? 

For those with VIP tickets, the event will open at 2:00 o'clock

For those with General Admission tickets, the event will open at 3:00 o'clock

Will there be an after party/evening of celebration?

If Pavotees would like to have an after party / evening of celebration, they are welcome to do so! Unfortunately, we may be unable to attend as we are obligated to close out the event, take care of inventory, accounting and other routine chores, but we do our best to make time for our Pavotees after the event. 

Will I need to stalk for tickets? Will they sell out? 

Unfortunately, we do not know the answer to this question. Our tickets for Pavo Presents Texas did not sell out, but our tickets for Pavo Presents Seattle sold out quite quickly, which was quite unexpected. 

What will be the exclusive VIP wrap for the Pavo Presents Florida? 

We thought it fitting that the Confetti Sunshine be the VIP wrap for the Sunshine state. 

What other wraps will be available? 

We will see the return of classic Form in beachy colorways for Florida as well as some lovely Guilds. 

 

Is the space baby proofed/ mobile baby safe?

No. Please be aware of your children and keep a close eye on them at all times as you would do in any public space.  Please note that the trunk show will be held within walking distance of the beach. 

Should we bring snacks?  

The event will be catered by the lovely staff at the Don CeSar.  Please note that neither the food nor the space are allergen-free. 

Does your wrappee have to be worn or can they come on the loose?

The ticket price allows entry for the purchaser of the ticket and one wrappee, three years old and younger. You can either wear your wrappee or your child may be mobile. Please be aware of your child's location at all times. The venue at the Don CeSar is not child proofed and cannot be fully childproofed in any reasonable manner.  There are bodies of water in close proximity to the venue.

Any child over three years of age will need a general admissions ticket for the trunk show. 

I would like to bring my husband, wife, grandmother, aunt, friend. Will they need a ticket? 

Yes. Any additional guests you bring will need their own ticket. 

I bought a VIP ticket and I bought my husband a General Admission ticket. How will that work? 

If you bought a VIP ticket, you will enter the event at 2:00. If you brought a guest who has a General Admission ticket, she will enter the event at 3:00. 

Will I have to pay sales tax?  

Yes. We are required to charge sales tax on all purchases made at Pavo Presents Florida. Florida sales tax is 6%. 

I am flying from out of state to attend the trunk show. I’m worried that tickets will sell out. What do I do? 

If you are flying in from out of state and tickets are sold out, please contact us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we can help you out. 

I’m nervous about attending the trunk show. What can I expect? 

Historically, trunk shows have been small intimate events that allow a designer to meet and talk with their customers. Our last trunk show was a bit larger, but Erin and I work very hard to make sure that they still retain the intimate feel. There will be food and drink, mingling, most likely waiting in line to purchase wraps (we implemented a new system at the holiday party such that people would not have to wait in line, but would still have the opportunity to buy the wraps they wanted, but found people still wanted to wait in line which was quite social all the same), a lovely beach view and many fellow Pavotees who can geek out with you about babywearing and Pavo. We look forward to meeting everyone! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavo Presents FAQ

What is Pavo Presents? 

Pavo Presents is a series of trunk shows where Pavo travels to cities across the United States to meet with Pavotees. 

What exactly is a Pavo Trunk Show? 

A trunk show is a small intimate event designed to share special offerings with our customers. It is a chance for the Pavotees and the Pavo Team to meet and be merry. There will be wraps, accessories, accoutrements and other goodies that will only be available at that specific trunk show. 

How do I find about Pavo Presents? 

Head on over to Pavo Presents.

We have the dates and locations of our upcoming trunk shows on the above events page. In addition, we do try to send out emails informing our customers of upcoming trunk shows in their state, we post updates on the Pavo Textiles Facebook page, and we post information about upcoming trunk shows here, on our blog. 

You can also join Pavo Customer Appreciation and The Pavo Society for more details. 

Do I need a ticket or reservation to attend Pavo Presents? 

Yes! We have two types of tickets available: 

VIP Tickets
General Admission tickets.

What are VIP and GA tickets and do I need to buy one to attend? 

You must buy a ticket to attend. We need to have an accurate number of who will be attending the trunk show so we can plan accordingly. 

VIP tickets are limited in quantity and allow the purchaser early entry into the trunk show. The VIP ticket also includes a special VIP wrap and a VIP Schwag bag, which includes Pavo goodies and treats. 

General Admission tickets allow the purchaser access to the trunk show at the designated time.

All ticket holders are entered into a drawing for a select wrap and accoutrements give away. 

How do I buy tickets? 

Tickets will go on sale at a predesignated time on a predesignated date from pavotextiles.com/pavo-presents

How much will tickets cost? 

VIP tickets will range in price from $240-$380. You will buy your VIP ticket according to which size wrap you would like and which trunk show you plan to attend. Please choose carefully. 

General Admission tickets will generally cost $40, but could cost up to $80. We will work hard to keep general admission tickets at $40. 

Do I need to stalk for a ticket? 

Honestly, we just don't know. Some cities sell out and others do not. We really do not have a good way of telling which cities will sell out and which will not. 

Does each trunk show have an exclusive wrap? 

Yes! VIPavotee tickets for each trunk show will come with a VIP wrap that is only available to those who buy the VIPavotee ticket. At each trunk show, we will have a carefully curated collection of wraps that will be available to trunk show attendees

I would like to bring my husband, partner, mother, sister, child. Do I need to a ticket for them? 
 

One ticket is good for one adult and one wrapee, three years of age or younger. You will need to buy an additional ticket for anyone else who plans to attend with you. We must do this to ensure that we are in compliance with fire code and occupancy limits. 

I want to buy a VIP ticket, but I will not be attending the trunk show. Can you ship the VIP wrap to me?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate this request. The VIP tickets and trunk show wraps are intended for the trunk show attendees.  

I am worried I will not be able to get a ticket and am having a friend stalk for me. What happens if we both buy a ticket? 

The extra tickets will be refunded upon request and relisted so that others may attend. 

I will not be online to buy my ticket and I am having a friend stalk for me. Will she able to transfer the ticket to me? 

Technically, tickets are not transferable; however, if you are having a friend stalk for you, please have her input your name when checking out. 

I am buying a General Admission ticket. Will I be able to buy the VIP wrap? 

No. The VIP wraps will only be available to those who buy VIP tickets. Don’t worry though! We will have a specially curated collection of wraps available for those who attend the trunk shows. 

What form of payment will Pavo take at the trunk show? 

Credit card and cash. No personal checks, please. 

Will the amount of wraps people buy be limited?

No. The number of wraps a person purchases will not be limited. 

I have a General Admission ticket and am worried that no wraps will be available for purchase since VIPs will have early entry. 

There will be wraps available to purchase for those with General Admission tickets. 

I am buying a VIP ticket, but will be bringing my partner, husband, mother, brother, etc? Do they need a VIP ticket too? 

They will need a VIP ticket in order to enter the event at the same time as you. You could buy them a General Admission ticket, but they will enter one hour after you.

I am buying a ticket for your trunk show in City A, but will not be able to attend. Can I use my ticket to attend your trunk show in City B? 

Unfortunately, tickets are not transferable between trunk shows or people. If you cannot attend the trunk show for which you have a ticket, please email us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we may refund your ticket and make it available to another Pavotee.  

I bought a ticket and am now unable to go. May I transfer the ticket to my friend? 

Tickets are not transferable. If you are unable to attend the trunk show, please email us so that we may cancel your ticket. 

You are having both a Saturday and Sunday event for the trunk show in my city. Which one should I go to? Will there be different wraps at each event? Should I buy tickets for both events? 

If we are holding two events in your city, please be assured that one event will not be better than the other event. We will do our best to ensure that there is an equal amount of wraps at each event. We will not favor one event over another.  

You are welcome to buy tickets to both events. 

May I stop by early to help with setup? 

We really appreciate all the offers of help. It is incredibly thoughtful and so generous and we are deeply appreciative. Our venues have restricted access before event start, so, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for early entry. 

How long with the trunk show last? When should I show up? 

Those who purchased VIPavotee tickets will have a designated entry time the day of the event. Those who have General Admission tickets will have a later entry, usually an hour later, on the day of the event. Trunk shows will close at a designated time. 

Will there be food? Should I eat dinner beforehand? 

There will be light refreshments and drinks. Please note that the food served will not be allergen free. If you or your children have allergies, please be aware of this and take necessary precautionary measures. 

Is the venue child proofed? 

Our venues are not child proofed, so please look after your children as you would at any other event or time. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with I.D. for entry?

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. Sometimes our venue space is limited and we are unable to sell tickets at the door. Sometimes we might have a large space and will be able to sell tickets at the door. We will let everyone know if we can accommodate at the door sales of tickets. 

I bought a ticket and ending up not being able to attend. What do I do? 

Please send us an email at contact@pavotextiles.com so we can assist you with your refund. 

I am so stressed out about this. I am flying from far away to attend a trunk show. What if tickets sell out? 

This should be fun, so please don't stress. If you are flying in to attend the trunk show and you somehow did not manage to purchase a ticket or bought a ticket and have concerns, please contact us at contact@pavotextiles.com so we may help you. Please allow us time to process your request; it might take up to 3-5 business days to work out your specific situation. 

I saw that Pavo is coming to my city! I am so excited. Is there anything our local babywearing group can do to help out? 

If we are coming to your city and would like your babywearing group to help out, have your group's leaders email us at contact@pavotextiles.com. 

 

 

 

#runpavo

When I was preparing to move to Essex, I bemoaned the fact that I would have to rent a car for the entirety of the summer. Erin laughed and told me there was no reason to rent a car. I immediately panicked. I am born and bred in Southern California, the epicenter of freeway culture. What would I do without a car? How would I do anything?  But, I trusted her wisdom and did not rent a car. This would turn out to be one of the greatest decisions ever. 

The apartment I had rented in Essex was a little over a mile away from the Studio on Western and though the mornings still had a bit of a chill to them, I would head down Southern Ave to the causeway (past the Toy Store, which would soon be Pavo's new home) and then jog over to Western Ave and to the Studio. There was a rhythm to those morning walks and although I always took the same route, I never became bored; it was always different: the salt marsh looking as if it were getting ready to burst with high tide, the cormorants sitting on the edge of the marsh, waiting to pick off small fish as the tide went out; the chefs at C.K Pearl putting meat in the smoker at the back of the restaurant; the workers at Woodman's bringing in fresh lobster and haddock; the large moving van dropping off antiques in front of Bider's Antique Store. All these things were new to me. I love Southern California. I was born here and raised here. It is large, sprawling, and to a certain extent, anonymous. I love this about where I live. But there in Essex, life functioned on a smaller and more intimate scale. It was absolute love at first sight. 

The walks back and forth between the Studio and my apartment soon turned into early morning jogs and long evening walks. I feel in love with Apple Street and found that I could make a complete loop from my apartment to the Studio by cutting through to Southern Ave via Apple Street from Western Ave. I did this five mile loop in the morning and if I was able to leave Western Ave before dark, I did it at the end of the day (too much convivial conversation after a wonderful dinner cooked by Stevil often meant that didn't happen). 

At some point during the summer, I told Erin that I intended to run an ultra marathon. I think I said this while stuffing a lobster roll in my face and imbibing my third martini. I might have been drunk. No, I was definitely buzzed, but the seed had been planted. She didn't tell me that it was a bad idea. She didn't tell me that I was setting myself up for failure. She didn't tell me I needed to lose fifty pounds. She didn't tell me that there was a chance I wouldn't make my goal. She simply nodded and said: "I will do it with you." 

Somewhere along the way, we revised our immediate goal to a marathon and by immediate, I mean we gave ourselves a year to train for a marathon. We really focused in on training about three weeks ago. It hasn't been easy, but we are doing it with the hopes of completing the Asheville Half Marathon on Saturday, March 12 2016. 

I have always hated running. It was boring and dull. Just pounding the pavement one foot after the other, but this past summer has changed that. Now that most of our waking hours are filled with Pavo, it's good to have that quiet time to reflect and be at peace. 

With that being said, is anyone interested in joining us as we train?

 Head on over to the Nike Running App and look us up (runmunsrun and Erin A.)  I will be staring a new #runpavo challenge on Monday, October 12. Nothing hard or over the top. It will just something to keep us all moving and working toward a goal, whatever that may be. 

 

 

Yee-Haw!

We are headed out to Texas tomorrow and are so excited to meet with our Texan Pavotees during International Babywearing week!  

 The trunk shows are shaping up to be two wonderful events.

San Antonio is going to be intimate and cozy: champagne, cheeses, chocolates and warm comfy sofas. It will give us a chance to sit down and talk with our San Antonio Pavotees, sort of like a girls night out. There will be time discuss development and future projects with attendees. We both love these types of events because it really give us a chance to connect with Pavotees.

Due to the enormous response to the Austin event, we have had to reserve an additional room in order to accommodate the number attendees. We will have light fare and drinks while we mingle and chat with Pavotees. We are looking forward to seeing new faces and visiting with old friends. 

Would you like to join in on the fun? Grab your ticket here.

We have wraps that will only be available to San Antonio and Austin attendees, VIPavotee mugs, and great company! 

Gotham Charm

Gotham Charm

Fable Wild Blueberry

Fable Wild Blueberry

Otomí Trinity

Otomí Trinity

Unicornio Fondant

Unicornio Fondant

Fable Bay

Fable Bay

Pavo 'Scrip

There is a lot of hustle and bustle at the Toy Store as we head into autumn and say goodbye to perhaps one of the most beautiful summers ever. The #summerof[spending]money has come to an end and we are both settling back into work on our respective coasts. So what do we have in plan for the rest of the 2015? 

We’re headed out to San Antonio, Austin and Seattle for the start of an amazing trunk show tour, Pavo Presents, which gives us the opportunity to hang out with our amazing fans. 

We have our annual fall trip to the Oriole Mill coming up next week. 

We will be shipping out the second TPS exclusive, Penumbra Veronica, by the end of the month.

We are in the planning stages for our first Pavo Holiday Party at the Toy Store. 

We are burning the midnight oil planning for the New York Baby Show and the International Babywearing Conference 2016.

We finalized dates for another #summerofmoney in 2016.

And of course, the reason for this post:  The debut of the Pavo Guild Subscription Box, which we have affectionately dubbed Pavo 'Scrip in house. 

What exactly is the Pavo Guild Subscription Box and why exactly are we doing it?

A number of people have asked if we could do some sort of subscription service; we tabled the idea right from the start. Too much work and too many unknowns. Which wraps would we offer? How would logistics work? Would people even be interested? But we kept being asked about the possibility of a Pavo Subscription Service  and while we were hesitant, the idea came up again during one of our work lunches this summer and the question was asked, well why not? Why not work out the details? Why not make a plan? Why not work out logistics? If we couldn’t make it work, well then, at least we could say that we tried. And well there you go, we figured out how to make it work, so we are quite pleased to be offering a Pavo Guild Subscription Box. 

So on to the all details.

What wraps will be included in the Autumn 2015 subscription service? 

Otomí Veronica*

Middle Chair Noir 

Etini Persimmon 

These wraps will be exclusive to the Pavo Guild Subscription and will not listed online independently of the 'Script. 

How do you become a subscriber? 

Pavo Guild Subscription will be available on October 1, 2015 at 14:00 EDT. 

We will have a limited number of subscriptions available. We would love to be able to offer an unlimited number of subscriptions, but we need to be practical and take into account the time needed for weaving and finishing. We want to be able to insure that each subscriber's wraps will be filled and shipped on the designated date  

Subscriptions will be available in three month commitments and payment will be made in full when committing to the initial  purchase of the three month Pavo Guild Subscription.

Subscriptions will be based on size and priced accordingly:

Size 3: $630

Size 4: $680

Size 5: $760

Size 6: $820

Size 7: $890

Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and do not include relevant state tax, customs fees and associated shipping and handling costs.

Wraps will ship on the following dates:

Otomí Veronica: 1 October 2015 

Middle Chair Noir: 5 November 2015

Etini Persimmon: 3 December 2015

We are currently working on the 'Scrip box for Winter 2016 and details will be available in the late December 2015. 

What would you like to see in forthcoming Pavo Guild 'Scrip box?

 

 

 

*Our usual full proceed donation will be sent to IDEX on receipts based on Otomí Veronica

The Heart in Kith & Kin

Paper dolls are about family. They invoke not only our immediate family, but also our chosen family of babywearers in this vast passionate community of critical thinking people.  Kith & Kin evolved, as so many of our projects do, out of a craft started with our children. We cut snowflakes, fold origami, and rediscover connecting families in paper.  As we played, I remembered one of my oldest and most valued friends, Cynthia Director, and her textile design degree project honoring our often painful childhoods as little girls. Her work was about being two dimensional, about love, about solitude, and about holding someone's hand.  She strung long lengths of dolls together; she made lonely girls waiting for dresses with their folded paper flaps; she made sense of growing up.

Paper dolls come from an innocent place, I think for a lot of us they conjure up memories of the past. Kith & Kin celebrates our present, where we are now with our families, babywearing, undefined, all holding hands through our journey together.  

The paper doll pattern is one directional to help aid in the learning of new carries, or just to assist with old favorites.

Kith and Kin will debut during national Heart Month in February of 2015. All proceeds from the sale of Kith & Kin will be donated to The Children's Heart Foundation.  

 

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Lobsters: A Love Story

“So, have you guys ever considered using wool, silk, hemp, more linen, angora, cashmere, mohair, Tencel® (rayon), milk fiber (rayon), bamboo (rayon), soy (rayon)?"

This is perhaps the one question we are asked on an almost daily basis and the answer to it is well, yes, we have considered and tested all of those fibers and then some. 

However, we have been having a long and torrid love affair with cotton. We love cotton. We know cotton.  We consider our innovative weave structures developed by Bethanne at The Oriole Mill sophisticated, surprising, and complex.  We enjoy changing the wrapping properties of a textile based on the manipulation of weave structure and density; we consider this a challenging test when done consistently in cotton.

Although we love cotton, we also have a great interest in other fibers. Our due diligence is fairly involved and lengthy and if a fiber passes that stage, it moves into research and development, which is also a long stage. We tend to take our time and mull things over and although there is a constant push in fashion to push the edge and stay relevant, we prefer to be slow and deliberate when it comes to decisions concerning our children. We want to know where our fibers are sourced, we want to know their history, we want them to offer unique and relevant wearing qualities, we want them to croon to us songs of their youth. We want our fibers to seduce us.  We want to stay as natural as possible. We want our customer to be able to trust that when she selects a Pavo to wrap the most precious thing on Earth, she knows it is safe both in integrity and design. 

We have been looking at various woolens for the past two years and nothing was quite right; it either wasn’t strong enough to hold together well during the weaving process, wasn’t soft enough, or we were not able to fully follow the supply chain to our liking. The process was slow and frustrating, but we persevered and finally found wool that met our requirements. An order went in and I left Erin to do her magic. And this happened: 

There is so much I could say about Lobsters, but really he needs no introduction. I mean, look! 

But I suppose a little context might be of use. Lobsters came into creation around the same time as Ama, Aquaria and Sea Star. Every design has its place within a larger story and while Aquaria and Sea Star are lovely companions to Ama, the family was not yet complete. Enter Lobster. 

Go big or go home, right? We wanted lobsters on our wrap. A fitting and proud nod to Pavo East. We needed to go big because if we did not, what really was the point? Lobsters needed to be the perfect funky, weird foil to our beloved Ama. Lobster went through a number of iterations (including a sad shrimpish phase) and he was finally ready for the loom at the same time as our red wool. What better combination than Lobsters and red wool? Right? It is the perfect pairing. As Erin mentioned, "Nothing says winter in New England like red wooly lobsters." 

We spend so much time with our wraps, it is second nature for them to take on their own personalities and their own stories. They function within their own space.  Whenever I see Ama and her crew, I see a band of crazy, loud beatniks on the cusp of great change. I see a group of friends driving from Greenwich Village to as far west as they are able to go and finally coming to rest in North Beach, thousands of miles from home, but still right where they want to be. For me, Lobsters is that group's Kerouac. Wild-eyed, full of crazy movement and space, bristly, edgy, and absolutely perfect. Yep, Lobsters is definitely that. 


A Love Story: Klee

Where do we start with Klee? 

Klee has been with us from the very beginning. It was one of the first swatches we looked at and pondered when we visited The Oriole Mill for the first time after explaining to Bethanne what we were interesting in developing with Oriole for Pavo. I can remember rubbing the fabric between my fingers and interrupting Erin's conversation with Bethanne to remark on how unique the fiber felt. Erin, who is always patient when it comes to explaining the intracies of  fiber to me, stopped her conversation and took the sample from my hands and pondered it for a fair amount of time. Too heavy. Not the right type of rainbow. Too much time to develop. Too expensive.  And I knew she was right. Of course, we went on to release Parterre, but that's a whole different story.  I look back on that conversation and laugh now. She should have just said no. I had wasted the previous hour drooling over a wall of sparkly, glittery lurex threads and fibers and Erin explained to me why Lurex was not an option over and over again, we had vowed to stay with natural fibers no matter how sexy synthetic temptation can be.  In hindsight, I can laugh over this memory. At the time, I was devastated that glitter would not be a staple fiber in the Pavo library. Actually, I wasn't all that sad. We had already committed to natural fibers, but there's something about glittery sparkles that makes the 7 year old in me giddy with delight.  Maybe I will convince her yet.  

Bethanne Knudson, designer of Klee and owner of The Oriole Mill, shows off her creation for the Pavo gals.

Bethanne Knudson, designer of Klee and owner of The Oriole Mill, shows off her creation for the Pavo gals.

But back to the story: Klee fell to the cutting room floor, metaphorically speaking.  And it stayed there for quite some time. Over a year after we first saw the Klee sample, it resurfaced. Erin suggested that perhaps we should revisit it because, well, it had grown on her. This is classic Pavo: One of us falls in love with a sample and the other person is typically not excited about it. Then the dance begins. We go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth until we finally hit upon a consensus. And so it was with Klee. But then the samples arrived and we were both on the fence, but neither one of us wanted to give Klee the proverbial axe, so we sent the samples out to various testers with no expectations or desires. 

When the positive reviews came in, we were a bit taken aback. Klee was too thick, too dense, and yet people seemed to be so smitten with the girl.  Despite the positive response, it went back to the cutting room floor because ultimately it was too cost prohibitive to produce. And there it sat for a couple of months while Erin and I did the dance. Back and forth. Back and forth. Should we take the risk? Will it be too expensive? Will it be to thick? What if it's better than we think? Will we regret taking the risk?  It's such a familiar and comforting routine—I often think we do this because it just feels so fulfilling and perfect. It never gets old. 

Of course, you all well know the end of this story. We decided to run Klee. We both cringed at the cost of running it, we both have stayed up nights second guessing our decision to run Klee, we have texted furiously at 3 am reassuring each other this was the right thing to do. It is fitting that Klee will be our anniversary wrap. Everything about Klee represents Pavo; it's not just the aesthetics or the attention to fiber and weave structure, but the interplay between color and fiber captures the harmony and dialogue that are the foundation of Pavo. Klee is the Pavo Dance embodied.